Stray Bullet Hits Maid of Honor


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Kramer Krazy
May 4, 2006, 01:39 PM
http://www.wtov9.com/news/9154488/detail.html

FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Texas bridesmaid was struck by a stray bullet while preparing for the bouquet toss at her best friend's wedding reception.

Strange things are known to happen at weddings, but one North Texas woman has a story that can top most after being struck by a stray bullet fired from more than a mile away.

Maid of Honor Kristin Campbell was having a great time at her best friend's wedding in Houston and was about to make a go for the bouquet when she was shot.

"I didn't hear anything. I just knew I had a hole in my arm," said Campbell. "It was painful, but it wasn't terrible, but it did feel like I was shot. There was really no other way to describe it."

She said the bullet traveled far, more than a mile, and had lost most of its power after smashing through the roof of the ballroom where the reception was being held.

The bullet fell out of Campbell's arm and onto the dance floor.

"Apparently, some man was upset and just fired his gun into the air about a mile away from where we were. The bullet just came through the roof and into my arm," said Campbell. "It's just a freak event."

For a few minutes after the shooting, no one could figure out what happened.

"I just was so shocked, how can she be hurt ... we didn't hear anything, we didn't see anything, why would she just start bleeding?" said bridesmaid Elissa Winder.

The wound didn't bleed much and Campbell is making a full recovery.

Campbell said the person who fired the shot should be punished.

"I do think it was terribly reckless and there should be charges. But I'm fine, just incredibly lucky and no one was badly hurt when they could have been," said Campbell.

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Biker
May 4, 2006, 01:47 PM
Hey, chicks dig scars.:)

Biker

SomeKid
May 4, 2006, 02:25 PM
"Apparently, some man was upset and just fired his gun into the air about a mile away from where we were.

And, we know this how?

"I do think it was terribly reckless and there should be charges. But I'm fine, just incredibly lucky and no one was badly hurt when they could have been," said Campbell.

I think a fair punishment, if the person who did this is found, confiscate the gun used (and only the gun used), fine him a few grand, make him pay all medical expenses, and let him go. No criminal charges needed, this is civil IMO.

panzermk2
May 4, 2006, 02:46 PM
She is a texas girl so most likely will think the scare is cool.
She will also most likely rope the jackass and drag him with her pickup the first chance she gets

ajax
May 5, 2006, 01:53 AM
Just one more dumbass to make gun owners look bad in the eyes of the uninformed. My father taught me "what go's up must come down" and if your not bright enough to understand this you shouldn't own guns. If this fool has been caught he deserves jail time just because he's stupid. :cuss: :fire:

Lucky
May 5, 2006, 05:32 AM
"I think a fair punishment, if the person who did this is found, confiscate the gun used (and only the gun used), fine him a few grand, make him pay all medical expenses, and let him go. No criminal charges needed, this is civil IMO."


Well, to hell with your 'fair' punishment then. The JUST punishment would be to tie him to a pole, go a mile away, and start shooting high-angle until you hit him. Then you can argue to me about how many times he has to be hit for it to be 'fair'.

What, that would be wrong, because he (or she) could be killed or seriously wounded? No way...

foghornl
May 5, 2006, 09:49 AM
Biker...Yes, chicks dig scars. But do they dig scars on themselves ? ? :confused:

Didn't the story say one of the bridesmaids was the wounded one?? :confused:

Hey, its Friday, and I need to be Mr. Wise N. Hiemer for a few minutes...:D

CAPTAIN MIKE
May 5, 2006, 10:22 AM
...You know, it's such a pain in the rear when those pesky bullets go wandering off by themselves from a gun that 'just went off'.

Suggested Reading: an article in the last page of SWAT magazine (August 05??) called "I Am the Bullet". I make all CCW students read it during class. We are responsible for every projectile that we launch - no matter where it lands. Bullets go where the muzzle points them.

ARperson
May 5, 2006, 11:04 AM
Sure it's definitely a civil matter. Unless he violated some law by firing in the first place. Most large metro areas have prohibitions against discharing firearms for the hell of it. Not to mention the "assault" potential. (Hey, if spitting on someone can be considered assault....)

Wonder if your "it's only a civil matter" mindset would be different in the bullet struck her in the head and killed her. And before you say it can't, it has and it will again.

xring44
May 5, 2006, 11:14 AM
Must'a been a hell of a gun, lets see it traveled a mile, penetrated the roof of a building, stands to reason it them must have penetrated the ceiling and still struck with enought energy to lodge in her arm? Call me a might skeptical on this one.

SomeKid
May 5, 2006, 01:36 PM
AR, a person killed is far different from a person lightly injured who will make a full recovery. If the shot had killed her, and they managed to find the person who did it, negligent homicide is in order.

Lucky, you are entitled to your opinion. I personally, would find it more just to hit him in the wallet, let him learn, let the woman get a little green for her pain, and let it go. I would wager she would take my proposal over yours.

ajax
May 5, 2006, 02:16 PM
What is wrong with some of you guys. Do you believe in being held responsible for carelessness. That bullet could have killed as well as wounded. Remind me to thank my lucky stars you guys aren't prosecuters for the state if this guy gets caught. You guys would slap him on the wrist and send him out the door. If the firearm malfunctioned I could understand but if he willfully pulled that trigger he should be held accountable for the crime.

rab357
May 5, 2006, 06:18 PM
"What is wrong with some of you guys. Do you believe in being held responsible for carelessness. That bullet could have killed as well as wounded. Remind me to thank my lucky stars you guys aren't prosecuters for the state if this guy gets caught. You guys would slap him on the wrist and send him out the door. If the firearm malfunctioned I could understand but if he willfully pulled that trigger he should be held accountable for the crime."


I am with you on this one.

distra
May 5, 2006, 06:48 PM
And I thought the MythBusters said this couldn't happen? :rolleyes: Reminds me of my walk last week. Wife, son, GSD and I are walking down our country road and we see this glowing red flare fly across the road about 50 yards in front of us and land in someones front yard. As we continue walking, a teenager and his dad come flying down their driveway on a four wheeler looking in all directions. I stopped them asked if they were looking for the flare. Dad says, "Yeah, you seen it? I didn't think it would go this far." :rolleyes: Turns out the guy had an ND with a flare gun in his back yard. His parting comment..."Well at least nothing is on fire." :banghead: I was speechless. I don't think you need a permit for a flare gun in CT. :rolleyes:

velojym
May 5, 2006, 08:22 PM
Mythbusters showed that a bullet fired *straight* up will return to earth at its terminal velocity, having stabilized in a sideways attitude, and will not likely be lethal, though it'll still do some damage.
On the other hand, a bullet launched at an angle will still retain much of its launch speed, and will still be spin-stabilized in its most aerodynamic attitude, retaining whatever lethality that bullet was designed to possess at that speed.

distra
May 5, 2006, 08:25 PM
You are right, I remember now. It's pretty nasty that the bullet would still have enough kinetic energy to puncture and go through someones arm.

Clipper
May 5, 2006, 08:29 PM
The mythbuster show was testing bullets that went up until stopping, and falling to earth at their terminal velocity. This case was of a bullet moving along it's ballistic trajectory...HUGE difference...HUGE! This seems like a dead bang case of reckless endangerment, at least. I hope the idiot is caught and does some non-trivial time.

mr_dove
May 5, 2006, 09:16 PM
If they find him he'll be charged with either whatever kind of criminal negligence is most appropriate to the situation. Depending on the facts it could even be reckless, which is worse than negligent.

Negligent is usually just accidental while reckless is didn't care or didn't think about the consequences.

Additionally he'd be in a heap of financial woes for the civil negligence suit.

Guy better hope nobody finds him.

I would not be so quick to judge. I've never had one (yet) but I hear that most of us will have a ND at some point during our shooting careers.

boofus
May 5, 2006, 09:50 PM
A suitable punishment is whatever gun he abused goes up his behind.

Hope he didn't use a Barrett...

LaEscopeta
May 7, 2006, 09:29 PM
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/9154488/detail.html#
Woman Not Seriously Injured In Shooting

UPDATED: 3:13 pm EDT May 3, 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Texas bridesmaid was struck by a stray bullet while preparing for the bouquet toss at her best friend's wedding reception.

Strange things are known to happen at weddings, but one North Texas woman has a story that can top most after being struck by a stray bullet fired from more than a mile away.

Maid of Honor Kristin Campbell was having a great time at her best friend's wedding in Houston and was about to make a go for the bouquet when she was shot.

"I didn't hear anything. I just knew I had a hole in my arm," said Campbell. "It was painful, but it wasn't terrible, but it did feel like I was shot. There was really no other way to describe it."

She said the bullet traveled far, more than a mile, and had lost most of its power after smashing through the roof of the ballroom where the reception was being held.

The bullet fell out of Campbell's arm and onto the dance floor.

"Apparently, some man was upset and just fired his gun into the air about a mile away from where we were. The bullet just came through the roof and into my arm," said Campbell. "It's just a freak event."

For a few minutes after the shooting, no one could figure out what happened.

"I just was so shocked, how can she be hurt ... we didn't hear anything, we didn't see anything, why would she just start bleeding?" said bridesmaid Elissa Winder.

The wound didn't bleed much and Campbell is making a full recovery.

Campbell said the person who fired the shot should be punished.

"I do think it was terribly reckless and there should be charges. But I'm fine, just incredibly lucky and no one was badly hurt when they could have been," said Campbell.
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asknight
May 8, 2006, 12:06 AM
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Hmm. Of course one shouldn't fire weapons into the air. There are people out there who will swear to you that a falling bullet doesn't have enough momentum or energy to do any damage. This proves it at least breaks flesh. How would you like one to come down on top of your head?

michael_aos
May 8, 2006, 12:15 AM
Some friends and I were shooting in the National Forest a couple years ago.

One of the guys brought along his new girlfriend. She shot a few different guns and was taking a break. Just watching.

All of a sudden she starts jumping around. I figured a piece of brass got her.

Turns out a pistol bullet -- probably a .45 ACP, had gone down her shirt and was got caught inside her bra cup.

Apparently the bullet had gone up, or ricocheted off some combination of things. It went down her shirt perpendicular to the direction he was firing.

It was hot and left a red mark down her chest but didn't really break the skin.

Mike

Sistema1927
May 8, 2006, 09:39 AM
Turns out a pistol bullet -- probably a .45 ACP, had gone down her shirt and was got caught inside her bra cup.

Some guys will do anything to sneak a peek.

GD
May 8, 2006, 10:51 PM
At one mile, I wouldn't call this a falling bullet. It would have had quite a horizontal trajectory. A falling bullet would not have done this much damage. A typical 30 cal bullet will go at least 3 miles horizontally if fired at a good angle.

MechAg94
May 9, 2006, 09:59 AM
It is nice to see the "Get a Rope" mentality is alive and well. :) If the guy was a cop, I bet the death penalty would be suggested. :D

I agree that this is an accident or some sort of negligence. He should pay medical bills and a fine or something like that. There are a lot of more direct crimes where people get off with little or no punishment, no need to throw the guy in prison for this. More than likely it was a negligent discharge or something and not intentional or done out of malice.

To the guy who suggested she drag him behind her truck, we have a tendancy to issue the death penalty to people who do stuff like that.

I know a guy who had an NG while sitting in his truck after being out on a deer lease. Barrel was resting on the floor board. The shot disabled the truck. I guess he should have been fined and put in prison for the NG and assault on an innocent truck.

ajax
May 10, 2006, 01:05 PM
Hey Mech In that cheesy example you used did the shotgun injure a person or is a truck worth the same as a human to you.:barf: Would you feel the same if it was someone you cared about. I bet you'll say yes. WOW i'm psychic.

Double Naught Spy
May 10, 2006, 03:55 PM
Mythbusters showed that a bullet fired *straight* up will return to earth at its terminal velocity, having stabilized in a sideways attitude, and will not likely be lethal, though it'll still do some damage.
On the other hand, a bullet launched at an angle will still retain much of its launch speed, and will still be spin-stabilized in its most aerodynamic attitude, retaining whatever lethality that bullet was designed to possess at that speed.

Bullets may not still be spin stabilized over a long flight. First, the spin may not last for the entire flight. Second, if the spin doesn't drop within the window of the parameters need for the corresponding drop in velocity, you have a spin and velocity out of sync and the slug destabilizes, tumbles, and quickly becomes ineffective.

A .308 might have something like 900 fps velocity after a mile (3000 fps muzzle), but remaining stable at that range AFTER penetrating, sorry, SMASHING through a roof seems unlikely. They didn't say they were in a tent, so the roof should have been hard, not fabric.

AJ Dual
May 10, 2006, 04:02 PM
After watching the video, I was thinking. That Maid of Honor was rather attractive. :)

And I'm sure at the reception, some guy was trying to make his move.
And then she gets carted away because a random bullet falls out of the sky and hits her.

How about that poor guy's bad luck? :D

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